One way when it comes to off-camera flash indoor photography you should bounce the light from nearby large surfaces. This creates soft ambient lighting for your photographs. Bouncing the light also removes the red-eye problem as the light is not coming from the same height as the lens. Reflectors, walls, ceilings, etc. are ideal surfaces for bouncing the light. Some key tips to bounce the light using an external flash are as follows:
Use a Portable Reflector
You should use a portable reflector for bouncing light during off-camera flash indoor photography. Reflectors can be placed on the opposite side of the lighting to illuminate the face of the subject facing away from the light direction. Using a portable reflector also minimizes shadows and unnecessary edges in the photograph.
Bounce Using a Light-Colored Wall
Walls are one of the best surfaces for bouncing light. They have a large surface area and bounce a lot of soft light. You can place your subject near to a light-colored wall and bounce the light from it to create excellent ambient lighting for your photographs. The key is to ensure that the wall used for bouncing the light is not dark-colored. Bouncing light from dark walls can create problems in processing the photographs and getting the desired results.
Use the Ceiling
There might be times when you are unable to find a light-colored wall or have not carried your reflector to an event. You can consider bouncing the light from the ceiling in such situations. Allow the flashlight to hit the ceiling and bounce downwards towards the subjects. This helps to create softer ambient lighting that is much better than the direct flashlight coming from the front. You must ensure that the ceiling is light-colored, preferably white or light gray. It should also not be too high as the distance of the ceiling from the main light source can affect ambient lighting.
Bounce Strong Back Light as Fill Light
Using a strong backlight can create a rim lighting effect that outlines your subject. You may struggle to find decent lighting during some events. In such cases, you need to use off-camera flash indoor photography to get the desired ambient lighting. You can bounce the backlighting and use it as light fill for illuminating the face of your subjects. This will also help you to detail the background better. You can also avoid silhouettes and blown out highlights by doing so.